Schumacher earns 70th pole of career for U.S. Army team at Brainerd
Brainerd, Minn. - Tony Schumacher in Top Fuel Dragster and Jack Beckman in Funny Car earned Don Schumacher Racing No. 1 qualifying positions in the premier categories of the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
In Funny Car, Beckman with crew chief Todd Smith took advantage of a 90-minute rain delay on Saturday night and capitalized on cooler, optimum weather conditions to record a track-record elapsed time of 4.018 seconds at 314.61 mph. It is the quickest run of Beckman's 149-event career.
Beckman's record qualifying effort in the Valvoline NextGen Dodge Charger R/T is the second pole of the season for the team and sixth time in the last seven events that Beckman and Smith qualified no lower than third.
Beckman and Smith were fastest of the four DSR Funny Cars after Friday's two sessions.
DSR drivers will start Sunday's eliminations seeded first, fourth (Johnny Gray), fifth (Ron Capps) and eighth (Matt Hagan).
In Top Fuel, Schumacher locked up the 70th pole of his U.S. Army career on Friday night when his slightest faster speed edged DSR teammate Antron Brown for the pole after each ran 3.791 seconds.
Brown qualified second and DSR teammate Spencer Massey is seeded third.
DSR dragsters also remain the top three in points standings with Massey leading, Brown in second and Schumacher third.
The following are DSR qualifying results, Sunday's first-round opponents and other notes:
No. 1 qualifier: Tony Schumacher DSR, 3.791 sec., 323.97 mph
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army dragster
Qualified: No. 1
First-round opponent: Terry McMillen
Session 1: 3.847 sec., 318.99 mph
Session 2: 3.791, 323.97
Session 3: 3.802, 326.16* track record
Session 4: 3.832, 326.00
Antron Brown, Matco Tools dragster
Qualified: No. 2
First-round opponent: Bob Vandergriff
Session 1: 3.829 sec., 320.81 mph
Session 2: 3.791, 323.74
Session 3: 6.091, 105.34
Session 4: 3.832, 321.73
Spencer Massey, Prestone/FRAM dragster
Qualified: No. 3
First-round opponent: Bruce Litton
Session 1: 3.837 sec., 319.14 mph
Session 2: 4.240, 195.82
Session 3: 3.794, 323.12 (quickest in round)
Session 4: 3.950, 300.26
No. 1 qualifier: Jack Beckman, DSR 4.018 sec. (track record), 314.61 mph
Jack Beckman, Valvoline NextGen Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 1
First-round opponent: Dale Creasey Jr.
Session 1: 4.242 sec., 249.67 mph
Session 2: 4.073, 310.48
Session 3: 4.074, 311.13
Session 4: 4.018, 314.61
Johnny Gray, NTB/Service Central Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 4
First-round opponent: Jim Head
Session 1: 4.907 sec., 159.44 mph
Session 2: 4.098, 311.20
Session 3: 4.084, 314.46
Session 4: 4.055, 316.75
Ron Capps, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 5
First-round opponent: Courtney Force
Session 1: 4.138 sec., 302.41 mph
Session 2: 4.779, 165.86
Session 3: 4.085, 306.53
Session 4: 4.062, 311.92
Matt Hagan, Mopar/Aaron's Dream Machine Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 8
First-round opponent: Jeff Arend
Session 1: 4.152 sec., 293.60 mph
Session 2: 4.087, 304.94
Session 3: 4.103, 304.60
Session 4: 6.904, 99.21
FULL THROTTLE NITRO SCHEDULE
Sunday: Eliminations, 11 a.m. (CT)
Source: Don Schumacher Racing
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